Sunday Moments

August 9, 2020
Time after Pentecost

Call to Worship

“When the storms of life are raging, stand by me”
Lord, hear my cry and rescue me!
“When the world is tossing me like a ship upon the sea”
God who rules wind and water, stand by me.
God stands with you in bright sunshine and deepest storm.
God gently guides us to safety and peace. Thanks be to God.

Lyrics in quotes from United Methodist Hymnal #512
“Stand by Me”, Charles Albert Tindley, ca. 1906

Gathering Song
How Can I Keep From Singing

My life flows on in endless song;
above earth's lamentation,
I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I'm clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing? Refrain

What though my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth. Refrain

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing? Refrain
Text: Robert Lowry, 1826-1899


The love of God,
made known in Christ Jesus our Lord,
poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
And also with you.

Prayer of the Day

O God our defender,
storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid.
Rescue your people from despair,
deliver your sons and daughters from fear,
and preserve us in the faith of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Bible Reading
1 Kings 19:9-18

At Horeb, the mount of God, Elijah came to a cave, and spent the night there.

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”

He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” Then the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall kill; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall kill. Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Thought for the Day

Take in these words from this week’s ELCA Worship Blog:

In these stories from our readings, Elijah is in trouble, threatened with death. Peter is in trouble too, drowning in the chaos of the sea.

Let the stories reflect our times. We…and all our world…also know the threat of death and chaos.

But then, listen. God comes to Elijah not in wind, earthquake or fire, but in the sound of sheer silence and in a voice that gives him a mission. Those sounds may be little in the world, but they are the very presence of God. And Jesus comes to the storm-tossed disciples with a word of comfort, “Here I AM; do not be afraid.” He comes as the very presence of God, the one named “I AM” in the scripture.

God in Christ is speaking peace to us right now. Then let us undertake the mission to speak that peace also to our neighbors.

Song of the Day
Peace Be Still

Text & Music by Andrew Holt, Hope Darst, & Mia Fieldes
© 2017 Andrew Holt Music Publishing, CCLI License # 383771

Prayers of Intercession

Confident of your care and upheld by the Holy Spirit,
we pray for the church, the world, and all in need.

A brief silence.

For your church throughout the world, we pray.
Strengthen the faith of all who believe.
Speak to us through your word of power and mercy.
Abide with those Christians who are isolated from others.
Give wisdom and stamina to all preachers who bring your good news to the world.
Hear us, holy God:
Save us, we pray.

For the well-being of your creation, we pray.
Protect waterways, forests, lands, and wildlife from exploitation and abuse.
Tame the storms that threaten human habitations.
Maintain the health of pets.
Hear us, holy God:
Save us, we pray.

For the leaders of nations, we pray.
Inspire those who govern to keep peace with their neighbors
and to maintain justice for their citizens.
Calm the world’s violence.
Strengthen the world’s democracies,
and keep autocrats in check.
Uphold a free press around the globe.
Hear us, holy God:
Save us, we pray.

For those in need we pray.
For those who are unemployed, or homeless, or hungry, or hospitalized;
for those whose money has run out;
for those who are fearful of the future;
and for those we name before you now:
Hear us, holy God:
Save us, we pray.

For the world facing the coronavirus we pray.
Sustain medical workers for their arduous tasks.
Assist our Congress and governors in legislating wisely during the pandemic.
Give wisdom to educators as they plan the fall semester.
Give us kindness with one another and patience for ourselves.
And we beg: give us a vaccine.
Hear us, holy God:
Save us, we pray.

For the end to racial injustice we pray.
Frustrate all prejudices between peoples that are based on ethnic origin or skin color.
Unite into one body all who share this land.
Hear us, holy God:
Save us, we pray.

For ourselves, we pray.
Reach out your hand to us;
save us when we are sinking;
and receive now the petitions of our hearts.

A time of silence

Hear us, holy God:
Save us, we pray.

We praise you, O God, for all who have died in the faith,
for martyrs,
for leaders in the struggle for civil rights,
for victims of COVID-19, for those dear to us.
Bring us at the end with all your saints into your everlasting life.
Hear us, holy God:
Save us, we pray.

In the certain hope that nothing can separate us from your love,
we offer these prayers to you; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers,
nor things present, nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
God, the creator, ☩ Jesus, the Christ,
and the Holy Spirit, the comforter,
bless you and keep you in eternal love.


Go in peace. Christ is with you.
Thanks be to God.

Call to Worship from

Other liturgy adapted from Annual License #SAS006505

Prayers of Intercession adapted from ELCA Worship in the Home Blog

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